Eaton was incorporated as a village in 1873 soon after the railroad was built through the neighborhood. The first discovery of natural gas in Indiana occurred in the town of Eaton a few years later. This discovery set off the Indiana Gas Boom, leading to two decades of rapid regional growth, bringing glass, metal, and other industries to the area.
After the gas supply dried up, automobile components – from gears to batteries – became a thriving industry. This is still true today with some of the biggest employers still manufacturing automobile components in this area. This is a great area with beautiful homes, stable jobs, a good highway system, and friendly neighbors. Give our realtors a call to find out more about the Eaton area, and we can give you information about homes that are available here.
Several major housing subdivisions are located throughout the area. We can show you homes in Appaloosa Acres, Arrowhead, Camfield, and others but also homes in the heart of Eaton where some of the homes were built in the 19th century. If you prefer a home in the country or would like to buy a farm, we know the market in those areas as well. We can help you find your dream home, regardless of where you’d prefer to live.
Eaton is located north of Muncie in east-central Indiana. Nearby communities to Eaton are Shideler, Albany, Wheeling, and Muncie (the nearest large city in this area). If you’ll be commuting to work, we can help you find a location with easy access to your workplace. We’d be happy to discuss all the possibilities with you and help make your move a smooth one.
For the majority of the time, Eaton residents travel to Muncie for most of their shopping and dining. Muncie Mall has 75 stores and eateries where there is something for everyone. And with a movie theater close by, it’s a fun place to spend an afternoon or evening. For fun closer to home, head to Mississinewa Tavern. You can play pool or shuffleboard and enjoy a great meal. You can even be a star on Karaoke Night. Frankie’s Pizza offers home-cooked dinner specials daily, and of course, pizza is the specialty. Pizza King is also located in Eaton, and it’s a great place to go for a quick lunch, dinner, or late night snack. Black Rose Sweets & Treats offers cookies, cakes, and other desserts.
Many social and recreational opportunities are located in the area. Ball State University as well as other local universities offers diverse entertainment during the year. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy including golf, swimming, fishing, and water sports at the Prairie Creek Reservoir, but there are also biking and hiking trails, parks, and soap box derby facilities.
Minnetrista is a museum and cultural center located in Muncie with exhibits and programs that focus on nature, local history, gardens, and art. The Minnetrista Center Building is host to three green roof systems. Visitors can see plenty of wildlife near the riverbank or take a quiet walk through the Nature Area, a six-acre certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
During World War II, Delaware County produced goods for the war effort ranging from land mines to submarine interiors. Ball canning jars (the namesake of Ball State University in Muncie) were the area’s most famous product until Jim Davis’s Garfield (the cat) comics came along. In the 1950s and 1960s, Delaware County experienced growth and prosperity with the addition of machine and tool shops and small businesses. These shops and small businesses still provide many jobs. This area also developed an economy based around agriculture when the first settlers arrived. While not providing as many jobs today, this industry is still an important part of the economy.
Today, the most common industry in the Eaton area is manufacturing. Other common industries include construction, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food service. Major manufacturers are located in Delaware County and the City of Muncie, providing many job opportunities for residents all over the county. BorgWarner Automotive, Manual Transmissions of Muncie, Duffy Tool & Stamping, and Midwest Metal Products are four of the top employers in this area. The largest employer in Muncie is Ball Memorial Hospital.
There are five schools in the Delaware Community School Corporation: Albany Elementary, Eaton Elementary, Royerton Elementary, Delta Middle School, and Delta High School. The corporation works hard to nurture the talents of and build cohesiveness among the young people living in and around four different communities. Students live in the small towns of Albany, Eaton, DeSoto, and Shideler as well as the northern part of Muncie. There is a diverse living environment that includes a city, small communities, rich farmlands in rural areas, and multiple subdivisions.
The corporation has in place a very strong vocational education program designed to address the various talents of the students. The corporation also has established an Alternative High School for students who have experienced difficulty in a regular educational setting. A comprehensive K-12 gifted and talented program is provided for students at both the middle school and high school level. The Delaware Community School Corporation takes great pride in the number of Delta High School students identified as National Merit Scholars and National Merit Finalists and who continue their post high school education.